Deaths in Sport in 2016

  • Jan 8 Maria Teresa de Filippis, Italian racing car driver (first woman to complete in Formula One), dies at 89
  • Jan 21 Bill Johnson, alpine skier (first American to win alpine Olympic gold - 1984), dies at 55
  • Jan 23 Jack Bannister, English cricketer (Warwickshire stalwart) and commentator (BBC), dies at 85
  • Jan 23 Bobby Wanzer, American professional basketball player and coach (Rochester Royals), dies at 94
  • Jan 23 Walt "No-Neck" Williams, American professional baseball player (White Sox), dies at 72
  • Jan 30 Ken Sailors, professional basketball player (popularized and may have invented the jump shot), dies at 95
  • Feb 4 Dave Mirra, American BMX rider, commits suicide at 41
  • Feb 8 John Disley, Welsh athlete (co-founded London Marathon), dies at 87
  • Feb 12 Johnny Lattner, American football player, dies at 83
  • Feb 17 Andy Ganteaume, Trinidadian cricketer (West Indian batsman who scored 112 in his only Test innings 1948), dies at 95
  • Feb 17 Tony Phillips, American MLB player (Oakland Athletics), dies at 56
  • Feb 25 Tony Burton, American actor (Rocky films) and boxer, dies at 78
  • Feb 26 Andy Bathgate, professional ice hockey player (New York Rangers, 1958 NHL MVP), dies at 83

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Mar 3 Martin Crowe, New Zealand cricketer and batsman, dies of cancer at 53

Cricketer Martin Crowe
Cricketer
Martin Crowe
  • Mar 9 Bill Wade, American NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears), dies at 85
  • Mar 23 Joe Garagiola, NFL catcher and sportscaster/host (Today Show), dies at 90
  • Mar 24 Johan Cruyff, Dutch soccer player/coach (Ajax/Barcelona), dies at 68
  • Mar 24 Kevin Turner, NFL fullback (Philadelphia Eagles) and plaintiff against NFL (concussion case), dies of A.L.S. at 46
  • Apr 19 Milt Pappas, American baseball pitcher, dies at 76
  • Apr 24 Tommy [Tamio] Kono, American weightlifter (Olympic gold 52, 60), dies at 85
  • May 21 Jim Ray Hart, American baseball player (Giants), dies at 74

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Jun 3 Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay], American world heavyweight boxing champion (1964-70, 1974-80), dies from septic shock caused by respiratory illness at 74

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali

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Jun 10 Gordie Howe, Canadian NHL right wing (Detroit Redwings), dies at 88

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • Jun 11 Donald Carr, English cricketer and MCC official, dies at 89
  • Jun 20 Frank Chapot, US, equestrian (Olympic-silver-1960, 1972) dies at 84
  • Jun 25 Jim Hickman, American baseball player (Mets, Dodgers, Cubs), dies at 79
  • Jun 28 Pat Summitt, American basketball coach (University of Tennessee), dies at 61
  • Jun 28 Buddy Ryan, American NFL coach (Philadelphia Eagles, Phoenix Cardinals), dies at 85
  • Jul 3 Lou Fontinato, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 84
  • Jul 16 Nate Thurmond, NBA star (Cleveland Cavaliers), dies of leukemia at 74
  • Aug 2 Forbes Carlile, Australian athlete and influential swimming coach, dies at 95
  • Aug 3 Chris Amon, New Zealand Formula 1 racer, dies at 73
  • Aug 11 Hanif Mohammad, Pakistani cricketer (1952-69), longest test innings - 16 hours, dies at 81
  • Aug 19 Nina Ponomareva Romaschkova, Soviet discus thrower (Olympic gold 1952, 60), involved in shoplift scandal, dies at 87
  • Aug 30 Věra Čáslavská, Czech gymnast (7 Olympic golds), dies at 74
  • Sep 7 Cary Blanchard, American NFL kicker (Indianapolis Colts), dies of a heart attack at 47

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Sep 25 Arnold Palmer, American golfing great (4x Masters), dies at 87

  • Oct 9 Aaron Pryor, American welterweight boxing champion, dies of heart disease at 60
  • Oct 25 Carlos Alberto Torres, Brazilian footballer, Captain of winning World Cup team (1970), dies at 72
  • Nov 12 Dawn Coe-Jones, Canadian LPGA golfer (3 LPGA wins), dies of cancer at 56
  • Nov 13 Enzo Maiorca, Italian freediver (17 world records), dies at 85
  • Nov 23 Ralph Branca, American baseball player (pitched the “Shot Heard Round the World”), dies at 90
  • Nov 23 Peggy Kirk Bell, American top amateur golfer, dies at 95
  • Dec 2 Sammy Lee, American doctor and platform diver, 1st Asian American to win Olympic Gold (1948, 1952), dies at 96
  • Dec 4 Margaret Whitton, American actress (Good & Evil, Major League), dies of cancer at 67
  • Dec 5 Rashaan Salaam, American NFL running back (Chicago Bears), dies at 42
  • Dec 22 Miruts Yifter 'Yifter the Shifter', Ethiopian runner (Olympic golds 1980), dies at 72
  • Dec 29 Ferdi Kübler, Swiss cyclist (Tour de France 1950), dies at 97